Supporters unfurled a 70-foot (21-meter) long national flag and carried it in the street as Ahmed drove in, as police tried to clear a path.
“When we came here, we were No. 8”.
The rather extreme reaction, ironically, came after Indian sports journalist Vikrant Gupta claimed that if India loses the match against Pakistan, “at least nobody in India would react by breaking TV sets in anger”. “Hopefully, we can post more than 300”, Sarfraz said.
Excitement expectedly hit a fever pitch in the final week of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, with Pakistan scoring a spectacular win over India in Sunday’s (June 18) final.
Pakistan jumped two places to sixth in the ICC ODI team rankings following their title triumph at the Champions Trophy while the finalists India remained at number three.Pakistan leapfrogged Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to move closer to direct qualification for the 2019 World Cup, for which host England and the next seven highest-ranked sides as on 30 September will get straight entries.
Seam bowlers Mohammad Amir and Ali took three wickets apiece to lead the Pakistan bowling attack in the country’s first appearance in the final of the limited-overs tournament which is regarded as a mini-World Cup.
“It is an unbelievable feeling which I can’t describe at the moment though”.
Provincial governor Mohammad Zubair said he was proud of “son of Sindh” Ahmed and hoped the victory will ignite more energy into youngsters playing the sport. “I am saddened, agitated, angry…we had lot of expectations (from the Indian Cricket team)”, Tiwari spoke to media, while wondering how the team with experienced players lost to relatively their younger counterpart.
Messages such as “Champion of champions”.
However, India will remain under pressure as the Pakistan team has a fresh batch of players who have exuberating confidence.
Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif was due to receive the cricketers, but Geo Television reported he couldn’t travel to the airport at the last minute because of security reasons.
From there on, Junaid Khan (1-20) removed Ravindra Jadeja (15) while Hasan cleaned the final two wickets to secure a 180 run victory.
Fans surrounded Ali’s auto and showered it with rose petals, while the fast bowler smiled and waved from inside the vehicle.
Fakhar Zaman couldn’t resist the length ball outside off stump, so he poked at it and only nicked it.